Social media can be a good marketing add-on for young digital natives to create a personal brand, make quality contacts, and engage with potential clients. Keep your smartphone camera handy and get ready to market on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube (you can skip Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, and Snapchat).
Honing your social media competency is critical to avoiding professional quagmires and ethical snares in at least two realms: fiduciary duty to clients and conflicts of interest.
For someone who teaches Social Media Law and has written books, articles, and essays on the topic, the answer to the question posed by the title of this essay is an emphatic, “Yes.” Of course, this does not mean that social media is risk-free for aspiring attorneys.
Should you be concerned if your opposing counsel and the judge on your case are “friends” on Facebook? What if you are a judge and you are “friends” with one of the attorneys who appears before you?
Are you nervous before you tweet? Do you avoid most social media altogether because you’re concerned about what could come back to haunt your future career? Aspiring lawyers are unsure about how or whether to use social media, and understandably so. Stories about social media posts jeopardizing careers plague the
The ability of a judge to use social media to directly reach and communicate with his or her constituents is nothing short of revolutionary.
Let’s face it: networking can be hard. Unless you’re someone who thrives on meeting other people (and many of us don’t, including yours truly), networking is something that we consider to be a chore, albeit a necessary one. So why not pair it with something that you already like doing?
Imagine standing in a courtroom where you are minutes away from winning a personal injury case. You are representing a client who has personal injury due to a road traffic incident. Just as you think the case is yours, the opposition pulls out a Snapchat at the time of the
When is the best time for an associate to start building a network? That answer is "now!" You must start building a network as soon as you can.
It goes without saying, but also bears repeating - that lawyers should be careful to avoid conduct that has the potential to mislead or deceive others when using social media as it relates to their law practice. Over the past few years, ETHICSearch research lawyers have published several Eye on Ethics